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It's a Bon Jovi nation 7 March 2008
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Bon Jovi doesn't need to live on a prayer -- the band still has plenty of fans keeping the faith.

At least that's the case in Pittsburgh, where the former hair band is as popular as it was in the '80s.

But that's not necessarily a sign that Pittsburghers are stuck in the past.

"I think healthy people have a healthy connection with the past," said Dr. Paul Friday, chief of clinical psychology at UPMC Shadyside. "Going to see Bon Jovi isn't a sign of living retro. I'm not worried that Bon Jovi is here and it's a sign that this rust-belt town is slipping down the Ohio River."

The young at heart and youthful club hoppers have kept Bon Jovi at the top of the music charts for more than 20 years. They'll no doubt be out en masse for tonight's concert at Mellon Arena and for a second show March 15.

"It's one of those bands that everyone kind of reminisces to," said Jeff Kolbfleisch, manager and keyboardist with Bon-Journey, a local Bon Jovi and Journey cover band. "People kind of grew up with them, and they remember going out and having a good time with their friends."

Bon Jovi's down-to-earth lyrics resonate with Pittsburgh's blue-collar folks, Kolbfleisch said.

"It's not over anybody's head, and I think that's why it appeals to a mass group of people of all walks," he said.

Bon Jovi's attraction among 20-somethings is a bit of a mystery, Kolbfleisch said.

Perhaps it has something to do with the band's "It's My Life" attitude.


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